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Co-op & Experiential Learning

Combining rigorous academics with a variety of experiential learning opportunities

Northeastern’s approach to education combines rigorous academics with experiential learning anchored by our world-renowned cooperative education program. Experiential learning encompasses our co-op program as well as research, global experiences, service learning, and student organizations.


Cooperative Education

Co-op affords students the chance to work in engineering practice prior to graduation. Through this program, undergraduate and graduate students gain hands-on, professional experience as well as a chance to build personal connections and contacts within their field of interest. Undergraduate students typically work six months at a time doing two to three co-ops while a student. Graduate students can do an internship or a co-op. Their co-op is either 4-, 6-, or 8-months in length. Co-op opportunities are offered locally, nationally, and globally.

On co-op, students learn requisite skills that cannot be learned in a classroom. The co-op experience enables students to select a career path that is right for them, while giving them a competitive edge upon graduation and earning income. The level of responsibility a student has on co-op grows as their engineering and professional skills develop. With co-op, students may explore different types of companies and work environments, such as being employed at large or small companies, working in design, product development, test, or research.

Student Co-op Experiences

Joseph Berman

Seeing Code in Real Life: A Co-op Journey into Robotics

Computer Engineering student Joseph Berman has taken advantage of Northeastern’s experiential learning opportunities. After completing a co-op at Amazon Robotics, he worked in the robotics lab of Associate Professor Taskin Padir, who is also director of the Institute of Experiential Robotics. He is now on co-op in Japan working at Mujin, a startup based in Tokyo with additional branches in Georgia and China. Mujin creates software for industrial robots controlled by a central artificial intelligence hub.

David Sequino

From Co-op Student to Co-op Sponsor—and Cheerleader

Alum David Sequino is committed to sponsoring and hiring Northeastern students David Sequino, E’90, electrical engineering, is proud to say that every employee in the Boston office of his company, INTEGRITY Security Services (ISS), is not only a Northeastern graduate—but almost all were also former co-op students. As co-founder and chief executive officer of ISS, […]

2022 Engineering Departmental Co-op Awardees

The College of Engineering Departmental Co-op team was proud to celebrate the 9th Annual Co-op Awards with our recipients on May 16, 2022, at the Cabral Center in the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute. These awards celebrate the exemplary work of a select group of undergraduate and graduate students who have shown great promise and […]

Aditi Purandare

Research Experiences Lead to Fulbright-Canada Globalink Mitacs Award

Aditi Purandare, E‘23, electrical and computer engineering, had three reasons for deciding to attend Northeastern. “I chose Northeastern because of the co-op program, the location, and the opportunities available to undergraduates,” she says. The university also played a huge part in fueling Purandare’s research interests. “The College of Engineering has a lot of interesting projects […]

Here is a sampling of co-op employers for electrical and computer engineering students:

Advanced Micro Devices
Amazon Robotics
Analog Devices
Apple
Bose
Boston Engineering
Boston Red Sox
Cisco
Draper
Hasbro
IBM
Intel
iRobot
Jacobs Engineering Group
Lockheed Martin
Medtronic
MIT Lincoln Lab
Raytheon
SimpliSafe
SpaceX
Starry
Tesla
WHOOP

See the below poster presentations to learn what previous students have gained from actual co-op positions at specific employers.

Student Areas of Expertise

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering spans all sub-disciplines of electrical and computer engineering. We encompass robotics (from control systems to embedded systems), the IoT (from networking and communications to computer systems and architectures to security) and Big Data (from machine learning to signal processing to enabling technologies for data centers). We have strength in devices and microelectronics, RF/microwave materials, and power electronics and systems.

Employer Benefits

  • A simple, cost-effective way to meet hiring needs: no fringe benefits, no recruitment costs. Co-op students are paid as temporary hourly employees.
  • Support your engineering team with capable engineering students.
    Six-month co-op periods allow students to work on long term projects and make significant contributions to the workplace.
  • The ability to schedule back-to-back co-op periods for full-time coverage or select six-month periods for busy times.
  • Potential pipeline for future full-time hires and industry leaders.
    Students offer an enthusiastic, fresh perspective and up-to-date technical knowledge and skills.

Learn More and Post a Job

“The student is a very intelligent and highly driven individual who took full advantage of the learning opportunities during his time with us. We were very impressed with the results he produced.”

—Dell EMC Corporation

 

“My co-op student is a very bright young engineer with a great attitude. She was a great asset to my team here at Raytheon in the MET department. She is very mature, can work independently, and is a great team player. I look forward having her work here again as a co-op or possible new hire.”

—Raytheon Integrated Defense System

 

“Student demonstrated exceptional curiosity and passion for robotics. He resurrected some robots that were just gathering dust and was able to get them fully functional and performed some experiments with them. He was outstanding! He worked on many projects and his contributions will benefit the department after he’s gone.”

—iRobot

 

“Co-op student is a very fast learner who efficiently carries out her job functions. She had the desire to learn the other aspects to the Safety Groups functions and was able to assist the engineers and technicians with general safety testing.”

—Bose Corporation

Making Notable Advancements in Neuro-Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering student Spencer Lake Jacobs-Skolik shares his experience leading research, becoming a published author, and earning a Goldwater Scholarship – all as an undergraduate. Learn how Northeastern University’s College of Engineering provides research opportunities you can’t find anywhere else, and how those experiences prepare passionate students for successful careers.

Getting a Competitive Edge on Co-op

Noah Lichtenstein, BS, computer engineering and computer science, says the integrated way of learning and experience with co-op will allow him to jump in to a job when he graduates. So far he’s had a co-op at Starry, an internet startup, and Amazon Robotics as a firmware engineer, and feels this experience will give him a decent leg up.

Three Co-ops, Three Different Experiences

Sofia Vanessa Benitez Quevedo, BS, electrical engineering, completed three co-ops near and far including iRobot as a systems engineer, Flex in California working on emerging tech on the internet of things, and Starry, a start up in Boston using cutting-edge technology for the next generation.

Student Research

As an R1 research university, Northeastern offers all students—undergraduate, masters, and PhD—opportunities to participate in a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects, and offers resources and support to encourage innovation. Students can work with faculty in their labs, as part of research centers, on co-op, or conduct individual research. Students can also present their research at university events, professional society and association conferences, and participate in regional, national and global competitions.

View engineering faculty profiles for research focus areas and lab information.

Student Clubs and Global Experiences

students sitting on table in a row each folding parts of wireless devices such as a roll of wire

Student Organizations

The Northeastern University Wireless Club is an electronics experimentation club, where students from all disciplines can meet to work on projects and learn electronics through hands-on application. Students can also participate in service learning such as teaching robotics to middle school children in the Boston community.

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Global Experiences

Students traveled to Chile for a Dialogue of Civilizations course over the summer led by ECE Professor Chuck DiMarzio where they learned about biomedical imaging as well as financial, political, cultural, and social issues in another country.

Student Experiences

Computer PhD Student Wins SIGHPC Computational and Data Science Fellowship

Computer engineering student Ana Veroneze Solórzano, PhD’26, won a prestigious 2022 ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC) Computational and Data Science Fellowship.

Northeastern Robotics Team Wins $1M for Third-place Finish in Global Competition

Team Northeastern won $1 million in third place among 17 finalists from around the globe in the ANA Avatar XPrize robotics competition.

ECE faculty and PhD student received IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Nomination

ECE Assistant Professor Xiaolin Xu and student Tong Zhou, PhD’25, and coauthor Dr. Shaolei Ren from UC Riverside, received the IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Nomination, at the 2022 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (IEEE/ACM ICCAD, San Diego, CA), for their paper titled “ObfuNAS: A Neural Architecture Search-based DNN Obfuscation Approach”.

Joseph Berman

Seeing Code in Real Life: A Co-op Journey into Robotics

Computer Engineering student Joseph Berman has taken advantage of Northeastern’s experiential learning opportunities. After completing a co-op at Amazon Robotics, he worked in the robotics lab of Associate Professor Taskin Padir, who is also director of the Institute of Experiential Robotics. He is now on co-op in Japan working at Mujin, a startup based in Tokyo with additional branches in Georgia and China. Mujin creates software for industrial robots controlled by a central artificial intelligence hub.